Dr Kate Gilchrist

Dr Kate Gilchrist

PhD Alumni

Department of Media and Communications

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Key Expertise
gender; subjectivity, postfeminism, popular culture, self narrative

About me


Title: Singledom and female subjectivity: fantasy, popular culture and lived experience (2021)

Supervisors: Professor Shani Orgad and Dr Leticia Sabsay

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Kate completed her PhD in the Media and Communications Department in April 2021. She is now an award-winning Guest Teacher (on MC416 and the LSE International Journalism and Society Summer School) and Dissertation Supervisor/Academic Mentor for MSc students at LSE’s Media and Communications Department, and Dissertation Supervisor for MA students at the Department of Digital Humanities, King’s College London. Kate is currently adapting her thesis into a monograph. Kate previously has 15 years' experience as an editor in journalism and has worked on a voluntary basis for women's rights NGOs in Central America and Indonesia.

Expertise Details

gender; subjectivity; postfeminism; popular culture; self narrative



Conference talks

  • Gilchrist, K. (2019). “The case of the single detective: deviancy, vulnerability and hypersexuality”. Presented at: “Filmic Fantasies” session at the Cultural Studies Conference 2019 at Tulane University, New Orleans, the United States of America on 1 June 2019.
  • Gilchrist, K. (2019).  “Singledom, popular culture and feminine subjectivity: the case of the single female detective”. Presented at: the Feminist Scholarship Division at the ICA 2019 Annual Conference in Washington DC, the United States of America on 27 May 2019.
  • Gilchrist, K. (2018). “Singledom and feminine subjectivity in US-UK popular culture: postfeminism, the unruly woman and ‘performative shamelessness”. Presented at: the Popular Culture Working Group. IAMCR Annual Conference, Oregon, the United States of America on 20-24 June 2018.
  • Gilchrist, K. (2017). “‘Singledom and feminine subjectivities: an intersectional analysis of intimate life”. Presented at: the University of Westminster Joint PhD Spring symposium, University of Westminster, London, UK. 17 March 2017.

Blog posts

Book abstract: 

  • Gilchrist, K. (2018). “Singledom and female subjectivity: fantasy, representation and lived experience”. In Peja, L., Carpentier, N., Colombo, F., Murru, M. F., Tosoni, S., Kilborn, R., Kramp, L., Kunelius, R., McNicholas, A., Nieminen, H., Pruulmann-Vengerfeldt, P. (Eds.) Current Perspectives on Communication and Media Research. (Pp. 326) Bremen: Edition lumière, 2018.